National Pizza Day!
Celebrate with this easy and delicious Margherita pizza recipe
Some may argue that every day should be National Pizza Day. While it occurs annually on February 9th, we won't stop anyone from celebrating as often as they like. We have a recipe for a simple Margherita pizza to help you commemorate.
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(Adapted from GE)
FOR THE DOUGH
3 cups all-purpose or bread flour
2 teaspoons rapid-rise or instant yeast
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil (plus more if necessary)
1 cup water
1) Combine flour, yeast and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix to combine.
2) Slowly pour in olive oil and water. Mix until the mixture becomes a slightly sticky ball. (If dough is too dry, add more water 1 tablespoon at a time; mix for 10 seconds after each add.)
3) Coat a separate bowl with olive oil. Place dough into bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
Rest the dough at room temperature until it doubles in size, 1 to 2 hours. (You can refrigerate for several hours - or overnight - before using. If refrigerating, let the dough return to room temperature before continuing.)
4) Shape the dough into a ball and cut in half. (Each ball will make one pizza.) Allow the dough to rest 20 minutes. While waiting, preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
5) Press the dough thin enough to fit your pizza stone or sheet pan. (Add flour or oil to your work surface as needed to prevent the dough from sticking.) Use parchment paper to make transferring your pizza to the oven easier.
FOR THE PIZZA
4 oz fresh or shredded mozzarella
3 plum tomatoes
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
(Suggested adds: pepperonis, mushrooms, parmesan cheese)
1) Cut the tomatoes into 1/8-inch slices.
2) Spread olive oil, minced garlic and basil over dough. Leave a 1-inch border from the edge.
3) Sprinkle with cheese.
4) Arrange tomato slices (and any other preferred toppings) over cheese.
5) Bake pizza until dough is crisp and brown, about 10-12 minutes.